Swettenham Stud completed a Group 2 double on either side of the continent when Ms Funovits outclassed Perth’s best two year-olds in the Karrakatta Plate (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Ms Funovits (2f Reset – Illusional by Redoute’s Choice) sat outside Camporella before cranking up another gear under jockey Glenn Boss. The Melbourne visitor stayed on strongly to defeat Trichologist (War Pass) by more than a length. Interstate sires dominated the finish with Camporella (Exceed And Excel) finishing third ahead of O’Hara De Belle (Snitzel).
Swettenham sold the Karrakatta winner for $230,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. She is raced in partnership by long-term Swettenham client Phil Sly who outbid trainer Greg Eurell to buy her at Oaklands Junction.
Earlier in the day, Swettenham stallion Host (Chi) sired Philippi to win the G2 Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill.
Ms Funovits had won on debut at Flemington in January and trainer John Sadler targeted the Karrakatta which carries $500,000 in prizemoney. “She’s a really good filly and we didn’t bring her over here thinking we were just a chance,” Sadler said. “It’s an enormous thrill to win such a time-honoured race as the Karrakatta Plate.”
Ms Funovits is a younger half-sister to G2 MVRC Bill Stutt Stakes winner Chase The Rainbow (Dash For Cash). They were bred by North Road Bloodstock owner Robert Hance and he sent their dam Illusional back to Dash For Cash last year.
“She’s not bred to be up and winning as a two year-old,” Sadler added. “I know Phil is already planning ahead for the Thousand Guineas in October.”
Sly also raced Mosheen who was runner-up to champion filly Atlantic Jewel in the 2011 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield. Connections will spell Ms Funovits in Perth before she returns home for the Melbourne spring carnival.
– Karl Patterson